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Penne pasta with red pepper sauce and italian seitan

For those of you who are not familiar with seitan, it’s a high protein food made from wheat gluten. It’s used commonly in faux chicken or mock duck. I actually like making my own seitan, though it’s a bit of a time consuming process. Fortunately, store bough seitan is relatively inexpensive. I always advise to check the labels though, it’s good to be conscious of the ingredients and nutritional values of the processed foods you consume.

I went with Upton’s Naturals brand italian seitan. It’s available at Whole Foods, and has a really delicious flavor that goes well with most pasta dishes. There are a number of different ways you can cook seitan, but tonight I pan fried mine into small, crispy pieces that added a nice crunch to the dish.

Ingredients:

2 c roasted pepper sauce
1 package italian marinated seitan
Shredded parmesan cheese
Parsley for garnishing
Canola oil
Kosher salt
Black pepper

Directions:

1. Break up seitan into small chunks. Place setain chunks into a non stick pan along with with about a tsp of canola oil, cook over medium high heat until crispy. Mine took about 15 minutes to cook up.

2. While your seitan is cooking, bring a pot of super salty water to a boil. Cook pasta till al dente, then drain.

3. Combine pasta with sauce. Taste, and season with salt and pepper as needed.

4. Scoop pasta and sauce into a large bowl or ramekin. Then top with seitan crumbles.

5. Garnish with shredded parmesan cheese and a few small pieces of parsley.

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